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UGA offers renovator certification at June 29 class

Painters, carpenters or anyone who renovates homes should attend a training June 29 in Oconee County that will explain new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for lead-based paints.

Located at the Oconee County Civic Center, the training will be 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and offered by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension through a partnership with Greenville Tech.

The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule took effect April 22 and affects contractors, property managers and others who work in housing or childcare centers built before 1978.

Participants will learn how to minimize lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation and remodeling activities. Following these procedures will reduce the risk of lead exposure to employees, children and residents.

Participants in the class will perform hands-on activities and will be tested at the end of class.

Those who earn a passing score will be certified as renovators, a certification that is valid for five years.

The class, which costs $260, is limited to the first 20 registrants. For more information, or to register, go to the website www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/housing.

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